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Leeds United 1-4 Cardiff City

Sean Morrison scores Cardiff's City's third goal
Sean Morrison scored Cardiff's City's third goal, his second of the campaign

Cardiff City maintained their Championship promotion push with a comprehensive win over Leeds United.

First half goals from Callum Paterson, Junior Hoilett and Sean Morrison and a red card for Leeds' Gaetano Berardi saw the Bluebirds cruise to victory.

Anthony Pilkington made the result safe after Sol Bamba's own goal briefly stirred Leeds.

Ex-Leeds boss Neil Warnock kept up his 100% record since leaving Elland Road with a fifth successive league win.

The Bluebirds remain fourth but are just three points off an automatic promotion berth while Leeds are 10th.

Cardiff seized the advantage after just nine minutes in what was a breathless 45 minutes of football.

Leeds failed to clear a Joe Ralls corner, allowing debutant Armand Traore to recycle the ball, with Paterson on hand to head home to give Cardiff a dream start.

Yanic Wildschut then headed over as the visitors swarmed all over Leeds, with the Norwich loanee one of four January arrivals to make Cardiff's starting XI.

Striker Gary Madine, a £5m transfer deadline day capture, led the forward line with Kenneth Zohore dropping to the bench, while Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic also started, though he could have been sent off in a second half where he and the Bluebirds lost their discipline.

It was a splendid start for the Bluebirds but it was sheer luck that maintained their advantage after 25 minutes, with Pierre-Michel Lasogga somehow heading against the crossbar from point blank range.

Ezgjan Alioski seemed certain to score with the rebound, but Neil Etheridge produced a sensational save to deny him.

It was becoming a frustrating afternoon for Leeds, who have not enjoyed playing South Wales opposition in 2018 after their FA Cup defeat at Newport, and things went from bad to worse when Pontus Jansson was stretchered off.

Cardiff took full advantage and just before the interval doubled their lead, when Paterson's scuffed shot turned into an inch-perfect cross for Hoilett, who tapped home.

The injury to Jansson meant a large period of time added-on time which proved crucial, because Gaetano Berardi was sent off for a second yellow card for a foul on Madine, a moment fully punished when skipper Sean Morrison headed home Hoilett's freekick.

The Bluebirds could not have been more comfortable and that turned into lethargy at the start of the second half, allowing Leeds back into the game when Bamba slid the ball into his own net.

However, there was little hope of a comeback and Cardiff's splendid day was capped off when Pilkington tapped home on 87 minutes.

Leeds United head coach Thomas Christiansen told BBC Radio Leeds:

"We were just not good enough, especially in the first half, because this is where we lost the game.

"I don't think the goals were because of concentration or mentality, because after you see the mentality in the second half to try to change that.

"I'm disappointed with the situation [Berardi's sending off], because he already had one yellow card when he went down to the ground, he should have been more intelligent in that situation."

Line-ups

Leeds

  • 13Wiedwald
  • 28BerardiBooked at 45mins
  • 5Pennington
  • 18JanssonSubstituted forDallasat 30'minutes
  • 12De Bock
  • 4Forshaw
  • 25VieiraSubstituted forGrotat 86'minutes
  • 10Alioski
  • 7Roofe
  • 19Hernández
  • 9LasoggaSubstituted forSackoat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Lonergan
  • 8Anita
  • 11Grot
  • 15Dallas
  • 24Sacko
  • 40Vieira Nan
  • 46Pearce

Cardiff

  • 25Etheridge
  • 5Ecuele Manga
  • 4Morrison
  • 14Bamba
  • 18Paterson
  • 24GrujicBooked at 81minsSubstituted forHalfordat 82'minutes
  • 8RallsBooked at 45mins
  • 32Traore
  • 35WildschutSubstituted forPilkingtonat 55'minutesBooked at 79mins
  • 33Hoilett
  • 44MadineBooked at 35minsSubstituted forZohoreat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Zohore
  • 12Feeney
  • 13Pilkington
  • 15Halford
  • 20Damour
  • 28Murphy
  • 29Ward
Referee:
Graham Scott
Attendance:
30,534

Match Stats

Home TeamLeedsAway TeamCardiff
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home8
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home14
Away20

Live Text

Match ends, Leeds United 1, Cardiff City 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Leeds United 1, Cardiff City 4.

Attempt missed. Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Adam Forshaw.

Goal!

Goal! Leeds United 1, Cardiff City 4. Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Callum Paterson.

Hand ball by Sean Morrison (Cardiff City).

Foul by Pablo Hernández (Leeds United).

David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Jay-Roy Grot replaces Ronaldo Vieira.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Greg Halford replaces Marko Grujic.

Foul by Kemar Roofe (Leeds United).

Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Marko Grujic (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Stuart Dallas (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marko Grujic (Cardiff City).

Matthew Pennington (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kenneth Zohore (Cardiff City).

Booking

Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card.

Pablo Hernández (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City).

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Armand Traore.

Attempt missed. Joe Ralls (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by David Junior Hoilett.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Ronaldo Vieira.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Hadi Sacko replaces Pierre-Michel Lasogga.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Kenneth Zohore replaces Gary Madine.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Joe Ralls.

Matthew Pennington (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Callum Paterson (Cardiff City).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Stuart Dallas (Leeds United) because of an injury.

Stuart Dallas (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Marko Grujic (Cardiff City).

Offside, Cardiff City. Joe Ralls tries a through ball, but Gary Madine is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Callum Paterson (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Kemar Roofe (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Marko Grujic (Cardiff City).

Pierre-Michel Lasogga (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sean Morrison (Cardiff City).

Foul by Kemar Roofe (Leeds United).

Sol Bamba (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ronaldo Vieira (Leeds United).

goal

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